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Graduate Admissions

6 courses offered in the Faculty of Law

The MCL is an academically rigorous master's programme taught by the Cambridge Law Faculty's team of corporate lawyers, widely recognised as one of the strongest in the corporate law field. The MCL offers students the opportunity to engage in detailed study of the legal and regulatory framework within which companies are governed and financed. It combines practical insights with an academic approach, and therefore constitutes an ideal graduate programme, both for those intending to enter or progress within corporate practice, and those who are planning a career in academia.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in International Law may be awarded by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Law to a student who, after one year of independent research in Cambridge on an approved topic within the field of international law, submits for examination a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography. Students are assigned a supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee. There is no coursework or formal teaching although students are encouraged to attend the weekly (term-time) classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis (two years).

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The LLM is a nine-month taught master's course, with an optional thesis element of 25 per cent. It offers highly qualified and intellectually outstanding students the opportunity to pursue their legal studies at an advanced level in a challenging and supportive environment. The Cambridge programme has rich historical traditions and attracts students of the highest calibre from over 50 common law and civil law jurisdictions. It is intended for those wishing to pursue further legal studies after completing their first degree in law.  Applicants include both recent graduates considering an academic career or intending to practise law, and those already in practice seeking to broaden their intellectual horizons.

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The PhD in Law is a full-time research degree and may be awarded after three to four years (including a probationary year) of supervised independent research on the basis of a dissertation which must not exceed 100,000 words exclusive of bibliography, table of contents and any other preliminary matter. Students are appointed a principal supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee as well as an adviser as a second point of contact for academic advice. If the project is interdisciplinary, a second supervisor may be appointed. It is a requirement of the first year of study that students attend, in term-time only, the research training classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme. 

The PhD in Law cannot be taken on a part-time basis or by distance learning.

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The MLitt in Law is a full-time research degree and may be awarded after two years of supervised independent research on the basis of a dissertation not exceeding 60,000 words inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices, bibliography, table of contents and any other preliminary matter. Candidates for the MLitt are registered in the first instance for the Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Legal Studies which provides training in legal research and must attend, during term-time only, the weekly classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme that offer instruction on research techniques and advice on matters such as getting work published and obtaining academic jobs. The course cannot be taken on a part-time basis or by distance learning.

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies may be awarded by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Law to a student who, after one year of independent research in Cambridge on an approved topic within the field of law, submits for examination a dissertation not exceeding 30,000 words inclusive of footnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography.

Students are assigned a supervisor by the Faculty's Degree Committee. There is no coursework or formal teaching although students are encouraged to attend the weekly classes provided by the Faculty's Research Training and Development Programme. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis (two years).

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Department Members


Professor Brian Cheffins
Head of Department

  • 90 Academic Staff
  • 290 Graduate Students
  • 750 Undergraduates

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